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Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011

Thursday Flicks is an occasional feature at The Qwillery where authors write about films. Today's guest is Suzanne McLeod, author of the Spellcrackers series:


My Life in Movies*!

To be honest, when Sally invited me to do a post on films, I flailed slightly . . . okay, I admit it, I flailed a lot. You see, I’ve never been much of a cinema goer; Mr Mc and I usually only go to see 1 or 2 films a year. In fact the last one we saw at the cinema was Sherlock Holmes, on Boxing day 2009 – yes, the actual release day. (Christmas, as you’ll read, is the one time we do watch films!) We don’t even watch a lot of films on TV. Mr Mc likes sports, and I’ve always got my head stuck in a book, or I’m writing (big surprise there :-D). So, how could I talk about movies? But then as I thought about the few films I have seen, well, all that not going to the cinema has made them so much more memorable . . .

1975: Jaws– This was the first non-kiddie film I went to see with no parental supervision. Eek! It was a while before I got back into the water! (Oh, and then not much later I read the book . . . and discovered what parts of the story the film missed out !)
1977: Star Wars – GEEK LOVE AT FIRST WATCH. Need I say more? *g*

Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011

1979: Lord of the Rings – The animation premiered on TV on Christmas day (!). My big pressie that year was a VHS video recorder, which was pretty new technology then! I set it to tape the film with great excitement, but sadly, once Christmas lunch was over, I discovered all I’d recorded was a screen of static. Who knew video recorders were such sensitive beasts that they needed an outside TV aerial to receive? I never have gotten to see the animated version :- (.
1981: Gone with the Wind (Okay, so it really came out in 1939, but 1981 was when I saw it :- )) – I wanted to see this sooooo bad, and no one would go with me, so I took myself. First time I’d been to the cinema on my own. I felt very independent. It’s also the last time I went to the cinema on my own . . . Oh, well, I’ve been independent in other ways, since :-D.
1987: The Untouchables – Totally awed by the amazing shootout scene: the one with the baby carriage bouncing down the stairs at Chicago Union Station. And this was Andy Garcia’s first film (he was in Godfather III a couple of years later)! *has deep abiding crush*

Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011

1988: Twins – This was Mr Mc’s and mine first ‘film date’ (and only about our fourth or fifth date). It was a perfect date movie for us: lots of laughs, and a touch of pathos. Aww *g*
1994: Jurassic Park – Mr Mc and I watched this when it premiered on TV on Christmas Day (!) (he had the ‘Dinosaurs are Chasing Me’ nightmare that night . . . hehe). And as I’m not much for watching horror movies, I always call those ‘make you jump out of your skin’ moments, ‘Jurassic Park shocks’ :-D.
2001 onwards: Harry Potter films – I read the first Harry Potter book back in 2000 when my eldest nephew (then 10) decided, as I read a lot, I should take the book on holiday with me. It marked my return to reading fantasy (which I’d sadly ignored for a few years in favour of romance, crime and thrillers), which ultimately lead to me starting writing. Yay! Of course, a year later, when the first film came out, the whole family had to go and see it. And we’ve seen all the rest as a family, right up until last year, when my youngest nephew insisted he go to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with his girlfriend instead. Awwwww, they grow up so fast ;p.
2001 onwards again: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (not the animation this time!) – The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002) and The Return of the King (2003). I took my two nephews (aged 8 and 11 in 2001) to see the first, and subsequent films (their parents didn’t want to go! The Geek Gene passed my brother by :- (), which has made me one very cool auntie *g*.
Oh, and to finish up my memorable movies, here’s a few others I have LOVED!
Serenity
Sin City
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011


*Okay, so this post would have been way more interesting if it was entitled: ‘My Life in the Movies’, but hey, if you’d ever seen me act, you’d understand why that particular career choice was never an option *g*


About Suzanne

Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011
Suzanne McLeod writes the Spellcrackers.com urban fantasy series about magic, mayhem and murder – liberally spiced with hot guys, kick-ass chicks and super-cool supes. There are currently six books contracted in the series; her latest releases are The Cold Kiss of Death #2 (US /Ace) and The Bitter Seed of Magic #3 (UK /Gollancz). She was born in London – her favourite city and the home of Spellcrackers.com – and now lives with her husband and geriatric rescue dog on England’s (sometimes) sunny South Coast.


Find her at her webiste: http://www.spellcrackers.com/
And twitter: http://twitter.com/Suzanne_McLeod


About Suzanne's Books

The Sweet Scent of Blood
Spellcrackers 1
(US - April 27, 2010)
Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011
'My name is Genny Taylor. I work for Spellcrackers.com. It’s a great job, pays the rent, lets me do the thing I’m good at – finding magic and cracking it – and the bonus is it’s run by witches, which stops the vamps from taking a bite out of me.

Not that vampires are the big bad any more, not since they launched a slick PR campaign – ­ oh, and they brought the goblins on board. Now the vamps are sought-after celebrities, and Getting Fanged and taking the Gift are the new height of all things cool.

But only if you’re human.

And I’m not.

I’m Sidhe fae.

And I know firsthand just how deadly a vampire can be.’

When Mr October, a sexy calendar pin-up vamp, is accused of murdering his girlfriend, an old debt is called in and Genny is forced to help prove his innocence, risking her job and the protection it offers – and threatening to expose her own dark secrets. Searching for the killer plunges Genny deep into the hidden heart of vampire society. It’s not long before she realises that she and Mr October are both unwitting pawns in a centuries-old power struggle between London’s non-human communities . . . and it’s not just her own neck that’s at stake, but the lives of all London’s supernaturals.


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The Cold Kill of Death
Spellcrackers 2
(US - April 26, 2011)
Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011
Genny Taylor works for Spellcrackers.com ±
Making Magic Safe. But her own life is anything but safe!

The ghost grasped her shift and ripped it open. The three interlacing crescents carved red-raw and bleeding into her thin chest didn’t look any better than the last dozen times I’d seen them. The wounds weren’t lethal – they weren’t even recent; she’d been dead for at least a hundred and fifty years – but my gut still twisted with anger that someone would do that to a child.’

Being haunted by a ghost is the least of Genny’s problems: she’s also trying to deal with the witch neighbour who wants her evicted. Finn, her sort-of-Ex – and now her new boss – can’t quite decide whether he wants their relationship to be business or pleasure. And then there’s the queue of vamps inviting her to paint the town red; how long before they stop taking no for an answer?

Just when it seems things can’t get any worse a human friend is murdered using sidhe magic. Determined to hunt down the killer and needing help, she turns to one of London’s most capricious wylde fae and the seductive vampire Malik al-Khan.

But all too soon she realises she doesn’t know who she can trust – and now Genny’s the one being hunted, not just by the police, but by some of London’s most powerful and dangerous supernaturals.

Amazon : Barnes & Noble : Book Depository : Borders


The Bitter Seed of Magic (Spellcrackers 3) will be released in the US in December 2011:

On the surface, Genny's life seems ripple-free right now. Finn, her sexy boss and -- well, Genny's not sure what else she wants him to be -- has stopped pushing for a decision on their relationship. The seductive vampire Malik al-Khan has vanished back into the shadows. And the witches have declared her no longer a threat. But unless Genny can find a way to break the fertility curse afflicting London's fae, she knows this is just the lull before the magical storm.

Then a faeling -- a teenage girl -- is fished out of the River Thames, dead and bound with magic, and Genny is called into investigate. As she digs through the clues, her search takes a sinister and dangerous turn, exposing age-old secrets that might be better left buried. Then another faeling disappears, and Genny finds herself in a race against time to save the faeling and stop the curse from claiming its next victim -- herself!

Preorder from: AmazonBook Depository : Borders

Book descriptions from Suzanne's website.


See my 4 1/2 Qwill review of The Cold Kiss of Death by clicking here.

Thursday Flicks with Seanan McGuire - February 17, 2011

"I think there's something wrong with me..."

Confession #1: I am a child of the 1980s. Oh, I've tried to grow beyond my neon scrunchie and rubber monster roots, but at the end of the day, I have to keep fighting the urge to rat my hair, crank up the Julie Brown, and slip my phone number in Jeff Goldblum's back pocket.

Confession #2: I love horror comedies. The blacker the better! The horror comedy was an absolute staple of the 1980s, the decade that gave us Critters and Night of the Comet and Night of the Creeps (and the musical stylings of The Midnight Hour and Little Shop of Horrors). They're the delicious Reese's Peanut Butter Cups of horror, a little salty, a little sweet, a whole lot awesome.

Sadly, the horror comedy fell out of favor in the 1990s, thanks in part to Wes Craven's brilliant Scream, which practically ushered in the post-modern era of horror movies. Suddenly, it was hip to treat the movies with interior scorn, as if they couldn't really hurt us if we didn't let them. Those of us who had survived cinematic encounters with evil clowns and killer carrots knew better, but no one was asking us. Horror became unrelentingly grim—not just horrible, but gruesome, like laughing at the dark was somehow against the rules. Horror wasn't fun anymore.

In 2006, James Gunn changed that. Slither was the first horror movie I had seen in literally years where the credits finished rolling and I got right up to buy another ticket. It didn't do as well at the box office as I might have hoped (I think I was the Northern California box office take), but it made movies like Zombieland possible by reminding us that sometimes, it was okay to whistle past the graveyard. Sometimes, it was okay to laugh at the dark.

Also, Nathan Fillion. I'm just saying.











About Seanan

Seanan McGuire was born in Martinez, California, and raised in a wide variety of locations, most of which boasted some sort of dangerous native wildlife. Despite her almost magnetic attraction to anything venomous, she somehow managed to survive long enough to acquire a typewriter, a reasonable grasp of the English language, and the desire to combine the two. The fact that she wasn't killed for using her typewriter at three o'clock in the morning is probably more impressive than her lack of death by spider-bite. Her upbringing left her with a love of rattlesnakes and a deep fear of weather, which explains a lot.

Often described as a vortex of the surreal, many of Seanan's personal anecdotes end with things like "and then we got the anti-venom" or "but it's okay, because it turned out the water wasn't all that deep." She has yet to be defeated in a game of "Who here was bitten by the strangest thing?," and can be amused for hours by just about anything. "Just about anything" includes swamps, long walks, long walks in swamps, things that live in swamps, horror movies, strange noises, musical theater, reality television, comic books, finding pennies on the street, and venomous reptiles. Seanan may be the only person on the planet who admits to using Kenneth Muir's Horror Films of the 1980s as a checklist.

Seanan is the author of the October Daye series of urban fantasies, the first seven of which have been purchased by DAW Books; the InCryptid series of urban fantasies, the first two of which have been purchased by DAW Books; and the Newsflesh trilogy, published by Orbit under the pseudonym "Mira Grant." She's working on several other books, just to make sure she never runs out of things to edit. Her short fiction has appeared in multiple anthologies, and she was a 2010 Universe Author for The Edge of Propinquity.

In her spare time, Seanan writes and records original music. She has three CDs currently available (see the Albums page for additional details). She is also a cartoonist, and draws an irregularly posted autobiographical web comic, "With Friends Like These...", as well as generating a truly ridiculous number of art cards. Surprisingly enough, she finds time to take multi-hour walks, blog regularly, watch a sickening amount of television, maintain her website, and go to pretty much any movie that has the words "blood," "night," "terror," or "attack" in the title. Most people believe that she doesn't sleep.

Seanan lives in a creaky old farmhouse in Northern California, which she shares with her three cats, Lilly, Alice, and Thomas, a vast collection of plush things and horror movies, and sufficient books to officially qualify her as a fire hazard. She has strongly-held and oft-expressed beliefs about the origins of the Black Death, the X-Men, and the need for chainsaws in daily life.

Years of writing blurbs for convention program books have firmly fixed Seanan in the habit of writing all her bios in the third person, so as to sound marginally less dorky. Stress is on the "marginally." It probably doesn't help that she has so many hobbies.

Seanan was the winner of the 2010 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and her novel Feed was named as one of Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010.

Thursday Flicks - The Last Man on Earth

It appears to be I Am Legend week at The Qwillery!

I was thrilled to find The Last Man on Earth in its entirety on YouTube. It's in the public domain. The Last Man on Earth was the first film version of I Am Legend and was released in 1964, a decade after the story was published. If you don't want to watch the entire movie at least watch the opening sequence before the credits. The sense of foreboding created by the opening is amazing and scary.


Thursday Flicks - August 26, 2010 - with Michele Bardsley

Please welcome Michele Bardsley to The Qwillery for Thursday Flicks:

Hi. I’m Scaredy McScaredyPants. Well, some people know me as Michele Bardsley. So, here’s the thing. Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday. My favorite fiction (and hell, nonfiction) includes vampires, werewolves, zombies, and demons. I will watch any docudrama ever made about ghosts, possessions, Dracula, Bigfoot, and UFOs.

But when it comes to scary movies … I’m out. Look, I don’t want to be a chickenshit. I’m forty years old, and I’ve seen enough reality to know it often sucks—and sometimes suck on large scale without demons running amok or vampires on the prowl. But a movie that’s labeled “horror” freaks me out. I can watch Underworld. I can watch Death Race. I can watch every Resident Evil movie. But Paranormal Activity? The Omen? Amityville? Hell to the no.

There is one movie, however, for which I have crossed the line. It’s zombie-filled horror had bludgeoning, shotgun blasts, head bashing, spiking, and … well, you get the point. And I really liked it. And I was only scared a little. Mostly because I spent a lot of time laughing.

You know what I’m talking about, right?

Oh, yeah.

Shaun of the Dead.

And whether you are horror lover or a scaredy cat, you cannot resist this movie. See the clips below.

Shaun Of The Dead Trailer



Shaun of the Dead - A fan made music video

Leave a comment on this blog, and you’ll be entered to win your very own copy of Shaun of the Dead! (Open to US residents only.)

Now excuse me. I have to go turn on all the lights and make sure my doors and windows are locked. Hmm … where did I put my cricket bat?



The Movie Poster


Giveaway:

Michele is giving away 1 copy of Shaun of the Dead. Please leave a comment to be entered. US residents only.

You can receive additional entries by:


1) Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2) Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3) Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

The contest is open to all humans resident in the US with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

About  Michele:

Michele Bardsley, a national bestselling author, is best known for her vampire mom series set in the fictional town of Broken Heart, Oklahoma--and her obsession with all things chocolate. She writes novels for Signet Eclipse because its much more fun than housework, and yeah, she still hopes the dish fairies will arrive to scrub the plates in the sink. She lives in Texas with her son, where they are slaves to their numerous pets.

Cross Your Heart (Broken Heart 7) will be released on September 7, 2010.


Even vampires can be afraid of ghosts...

After the death of her husband-and her dreams of motherhood-Elizabeth Bretton returned to the family estate in Broken Heart, Oklahoma. Little did she know she would also give up her life as the Silverstone heiress.

But escaping the past isn't that easy-especially with a vengeful ghost trying to kill her, a 150-year-old mystery to solve, and an outrageously hot were-jaguar named "Tez" trying to get into her boudoir...

 
 
 
 
 
 

Never Again (Wizards of Nevermore #1) will be released in March 2011.    
 
Lucinda Rackmore never would have been caught dead in a town like Nevermore. Of course, that was before the "great reckoning" drained the family finances and her former lover, ruthless master wizard Bernard Franco, snuffed out Lucy's magical abilities.
 
But can Lucy really expect protection from the Guardian of Nevermore, her ex-brother-in-law Gray Calhoun? Gray wants nothing to do with her and Lucy can't blame him. Not after her sister sacrificed him to a demon lord. Still, with everyone in town looking to settle a score with the Rackmores and Bernard bent on dragging Lucy back into his clutches, Gray might be her only hope for survival...

Thursday Flicks - August 19, 2010 - with Mario Acevedo

Comfort Food for the Eyes

We all have our favorite comfort food--pizza, M&Ms, ice cream, tamales, Twizzlers--choice snacks we’ve bonded with because they’re so satisfying. We never get tired of them either as they trip that special little lever in our psyche. Some movies can be like that. There are films we’ve seen so many times we have every scene and line of dialog memorized, yet something about those movies always resonates within us.

My favorite comfort movies:

The Big Lebowski

I’m ashamed to admit this, but the first time saw I this (on VHS) I fell asleep. A friend recommended that I give it another try, and Pow! I’m forever hooked. The movie’s goofy plot and quotable dialog have made it a cult favorite. It probably has more expletives per minute than any other film and even ridicules itself on that point, as when Sam Elliot as The Stranger asks Jeffery Lebowski why he has to use so many cuss words. And to that the Dude replies, “What the fuck you talking about?”

The Spaniards appreciated the movie’s blue language and did it justice in this translated sample clip.





Last of the Mohicans

The other adaptations and even the book by James Fenimore Cooper don’t hold a tomahawk when compared to the 1992 version starring Daniel Day Lewis in his heart-stopping, hunky glory.


It’s a delicious, bloody saga of betrayal, honor, and love that makes me tear up every time I see it. There are so many details director Michael Mann got right. Like when sisters Cora and Alice embrace when they follow Hawkeye in their journey to friendly lines. The film score. The costumes. How Major Heyword sacrifices himself to be burned alive to save Cora, even as she escapes with his romantic rival, Hawkeye. And Wes Studi as Mugua is the ultimate twisted villain.



Alien/Aliens

Is Alien thirty-one years old? Yet it holds up so well. Because the movie appeared in prehistoric pre-internet days, director Ridley Scott was able to withhold photos of the alien creature, baiting the public with rumors that it would be like no other monster in film. After decades of bogeymen in cheesy rubber suits, we finally got a creature that made you wet your astronaut diapers. The goo dripping from the telescoping jaws was a stroke of genius.

Seven years later we got Aliens, which I first saw in 70mm Dolby. Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley proved herself the supreme B.A.D.-ass hero, entering American pop culture on a stature equal to Batman or James Bond.



Pulp Fiction

I’d be surprised if this movie isn’t in everyone’s stack. Who doesn’t have a favorite line? What’s not to relish about the breezy conversation when Vincent Vega buys heroin?

“I’ll take the Pepsi challenge with that Amsterdam shit any ol’ day of the week.”

“That’s a bold statement.”


“Mind if I shoot up?”

“Mi casa es su casa.”

“Muchas gracias.”


The DVD’s French translation is worth checking out with its pitch-perfect slang and voices.

Here’s a clip of Jules Winnfield about to give his famous Ezekiel sermon in Italian, English, Spanish, Turkish, and German (which of course, sounds the most menacing).





The Thin Man

Another movie that I slept though when I first watched it. Bad Mario. Since then, I’ve memorized every alcohol-induced snarkism.


“What hit me?”

“The last Martini.”


People back then, even the lushes and liars, dressed better and seemed much more classier than folks today.




Sideways

Another flick about booze so that makes this a keeper. Memorable for a plot that cruises along on Miles’ (Paul Giamatti) snobby theatrics and then yanks us by the groin with jolts of human behavior at its most earthy. Most-in-your-face scene: Miles catches Thomas Hayen Church and Sandra Oh doing nasty monkey love.




Titus Andronicus

I’m not brainy or literary enough to be an ardent fan of Shakespeare but who can resist Julie Taymor’s amazing spectacle: a mishmash of Ancient Rome, Fascist Italy, and Fifties America (with a Thunderbird convertible) in an aesthetic I call Steampunk Centurion (dibs).

Antony Hopkins, Jessica Lang (remember her from the 1976 King Kong?), and Alan Cumming star in this gruesome tale about the toxic effects of revenge set against a backdrop of incest, orgies, mutilations, rape, betrayals, murder, and cannibalism. Yumm, pass the popcorn.

Harry Lennix holds his own as the chilling uber-villainous Aaron.



Also in my stack of Comfort Movies: Strictly Ballroom, Flying Down to Rio, Casablanca, Conan the Barbarian, High Fidelity, and Scent of a Woman.

Thanks for the guest appearance.

Happy fanging!

Mario Acevedo is the author of the Felix Gomez vampire detective series. His most recent novel is WEREWOLF SMACKDOWN. The undead mayhem continues in the comic series KILLING THE COBRA.

http://www.marioacevedo.com/

http://www.biting-edge.blogspot.com/




Thursday Flicks - August 12, 2010 - Who Is Your Favorite Film Vampire?

I've seen a lot of vampire films over the past *mumbles* years. The first one that I remember is Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi. I still love that film.

Here are four of the actors who have played Dracula since the 1930s. This is hardly an inclusive list. You can vote for your favorite in the poll to the right. If your favorite isn't listed. please let me know who it is in the comments.

Bela Lugosi

Dracula (1931)


Such a great line:



Christopher Lee

Christopher Lee appeared as Count Dracula in 7 films by Hammer Studios: Dracula/Horror of Dracula (1958), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1965), Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1968), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), Scars of Dracula (1970), Dracula AD 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rights of Dracula (1972)

Horror of Dracula (1958)


Christopher Lee was also in Count Dracula (1970), which is not a Hammer Film. It was directed by Jesus Franco and is quite true to Bram Stoker's novel.



Frank Langella

Dracula (1979)



Gary Oldman

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Thursday Flicks - August 5, 2010 - With Lia Habel

Please welcome Lia Habel to The Qwillery for Thursday Flicks!





Lia Habel spends her days with the dead, and never feels the least bit out of place. She's a horror and literature fanatic, wannabe roller derby skater, and avowed generalist. Her upcoming novel, DEARLY, DEPARTED, combines all of her favorite things - pretty dresses, zombies, and guns.











Lia is discussing Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told. Grab your popcorn!



Here is part of the title sequence for Spider Baby.


You can find Lia at her blog, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


Spider Baby, or The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)

Jack Hill, Director and Writer

Ronald Stein, Original Music

Alfred Taylor, Cinematography

Thursday Flicks - Gojira - July 29, 2010

I am a tremendous fan of kaiju eiga (Japanese monster films). While there are many kaiju (strange beasts or monsters), even nonfans will recognize Gojira. Gojira is Godzilla.
The film Gojira was originally released in Japan in 1954 and won a Japanese academy award for special effects. The film is clearly an Atom Age film. Gojira was created by a nuclear radiation. The film deals with the fallout of nuclear weaponry in the form of a giant monster. Many scenes were cut from the US version of the film, most of them dealing with the perils of atom bomb. Raymond Burr was (badly) added to the cut up version of the film with approximately 40 minutes of the original removed. While I enjoy his acting as Perry Mason, his character adds nothing to this film Fortunately the original version is available. This is the version that I recommend.  It has a much different feel than the American version, which is campy and choppy.  The original Gojira is really a somber film that warns about the perils of nuclear testing and the unbridled use of dangerous weapons. It alludes, of course, to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but also to the fallout caused by an American nuclear test in the Pacific that resulted in radiation poisoning of the crew of a Japanese fishing boat, Fukuryu Maru (Lucky Dragon). In any event, the orginal film is simply a better film. If you have the chance you should watch it.

The Japanese Trailer for Gojira (1954)


The United States Trailer for Godzilla, King of the Monsters(1956)



A really nice montage to part of the iconic Gojira theme written by Akira Ifukube :


The full Gojira theme:


Gojira (1954)

Ishirô Honda, Director

Ishirô Honda, Writer
Shigeru Kayama, Story
Takeo Murata, Writer

Tomoyuki Tanaka, Producer
Akira Ifukube, Original Music

Masao Tamai, Cinematography

Thursday Flicks - July 15, 2010

What's Thursday Flicks? On Thursdays (if I don't post something else - how's that for vague?), I'm going to write about films that I loved growing up and still love. And not only that, special guests will also be showing up for Thursday Flicks. So grab some popcorn and enjoy.

I am a huge fan of Atomic Age films (films primarily from the 50s that react in some way to the perils of atom bombs; remember, a couple of atom bombs were dropped in 1945). I'm not going to start with one of those classic films though. Instead I'll start with Creature From The Black Lagoon, which is also from the '50s.

Creature From The Black Lagoon was released in March 1954 in the US. It's a beauty and the beast type story, without a happily ever after. The beauty is Kay Lawrence, the girlfriend of one of the scientists trying to find the creature. The beast is the Gill-Man, a creature from the Devonian Era. In the barest of nutshells - the scientists capture the Gill-Man, he escapes, he captures Kay. If you've seen it you know what happens. If you haven't and you like classic creature films. you should watch it.

An attempt can be made to shoehorn Creature From The Black Lagoon in to the Atomic Age films by discussing it as a film dealing with the fear of the unknown (the Gill-Man), but that does not work well for me. It is however a really terrific black and white film. It has some excellent underwater scenes. The Gill-Man is a superb creature.

Here's a trailer:


Creature From The Black Lagoon remains one of my favorite creature features!

Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954)

Jack Arnold, Director

Harry Essex, Screenplay
Arthur A. Ross, Screenplay
Maurice Zimm, Story


Next week: Thursday Flicks will have a special guest.
Thursday Flicks with Suzanne McLeod - May 26, 2011Thursday Flicks with Seanan McGuire - February 17, 2011Thursday Flicks - August 26, 2010 - with Michele BardsleyThursday Flicks - August 19, 2010 - with Mario AcevedoThursday Flicks - August 5, 2010 - With Lia HabelThursday Flicks - Gojira - July 29, 2010

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